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December 08, 2016

Winter: The Best Time for WILDLIFE in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Lisa Schouweile

Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year round whale watching, birding and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterflies have put Santa Cruz County on the map for many nature enthusiasts! But in December and January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see! Wintering monarchs, migrating gray whales, breeding elephant seals and upwards of 400 species of birds make these months the perfect time to get out and enjoy nature. And a major bonus to your winter getaway -- many hotels are partnering up for some great deals for your stay! So check out some of our wintertime wildlife must-sees, grab a FREE Wildlife Watch Kit, and start planning your trip to Santa Cruz!

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December 06, 2016

Santa Cruz Style Holiday Gift Guide

Photo by Rachel Endsley

Need some help with your holiday shopping list? Have a person or two that has you stumped? Then think outside of the big box and take a look at this Holiday Gift Guide with 20+ totally Santa Cruz ideas!

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November 19, 2016

Your Top Wet Weather Nature Finds

Photo by @xxhsgxx

Sure, the rain might have you dreaming of a cozy nook and a warm cup of coffee, but don’t sell yourself short this season! Wet weather can bring some of nature’s best into the limelight, and let’s be honest, a great cup of coffee isn’t hard to come by in Santa Cruz! So put the latte on hold and check out some of our favorite rainy day nature finds that will get you outside and enjoying the season!

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November 10, 2016

Sunrise, Butterflies and More at Natural Bridges

Photo by @maitoza_nikon

Sunrises aren't always easy to catch. Between work, kids, morning coffee needs, and your desire to sleep, sunup can be a bit of an elusive event. But if you're looking for a sunrise spot worth the effort, try the Westside of Santa Cruz. Thanks to the dramatic coastline of the Monterey Bay, when on the Westside, it seems as if the sun is rising over the Pacific Ocean...and with the whole, "the sun rises in the east and sets in the west" thing, you'll likely have your Instagram followers questioning your #SCSunrise hashtag.  

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October 20, 2016

Red October Skies

Photo by @quistwe
October has been a delightful mixed bag of fall weather. Foggy mornings, 80+ degree beach days, notable rainfall...we've seen it all. But our recent fiery skies have been dazzling locals and visitors and we can't help but share this gorgeous shot by @quistwe at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! Gotta love those red October skies! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and share your Santa Cruz County photos by tagging @VisitSantaCruz or by using #VisitSantaCruz or #SantaCruzNow!  

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